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post #1 of 86 Old 08-16-2006, 06:23 AM - Thread Starter
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I had not seen anything about this movie but was able to see it last night. The film stars Ed Norton, Paul Giamatii and Jessica Biel.........yes Jessica Biel.......

Ed plays an illusionist in early 1900's Austria who becomes involved in a love triangle with a Duchess(Biel) and a tryranical prince (Rufus Sewell). Giamatti plays the police chief who is loyal to the Prince and trying to keep the peace whilst the prince plots to overthrow his father.

This is love story thru and thru with the title characters occupation just being that, what he does. I am all for the love and romance as this world certainly needs good stories about it but more often than not it is not done well but they played out just the right amount of passion and intriuge and the emotions involved in loving and being loved to keep me interested in the story.

I must say that I enjoyed the film. The performances by Norton and Paul G. and I must admit Biel(altough I also must admit I do root for her to do well) where very strong, the story although hard to really discuss without spoliers was also very tight and very strong as well....This was a film that took a bit to sink in and allowed for some discusion between my wife and I and the other couple who saw it with us.

If you are interested in a good story that allows for some escapism and fairytale played out with some very strong performaces than I indeed recomened this movie. It is well played out and very tight in its storytelling.

I would hesitate to say all must rush out and see as I think its audience appeal to the masses, will be small, in these days of Snakes on A Plane and Ricky Bobby, but I would be interested to hear anyone else opinions of it if they see it. The group we saw it with actually gave it a standing O which was a first in a long time for me.

I would like to say again this is a movie that really can not be discussed in depth without spoilers so please DO NO POST them if you offer up a review or opinion. The spoilers are not be any means critical to ones enjoyment of this movie but with any good magic show.........its always better not to know how they did it

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"The Prestige" looks more interesting.

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Is Rufus Sewell becoming typecast? "We need an overbearing royal for this story; let's get Rufus!" (See, for example, "A Knight's Tale," "Tristan + Isolde," and now "The Illusionist.")

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"The Prestige" looks more interesting.

Read the book(interested to see what Nolan does with it), its a totally different story than this one although both set against the backdrop of magic.........though the Prestige will certainly be the alternative for those who dont want to mix in love stories with their magic

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Does Jessica make her clothes disappear? Or would that be a spoiler?

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If she did, it sure wouldn't be a spoiler for me.
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Im really looking forward to this one...
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I want to see both The Illutionist and The Prestige. I haven't seen anything for the Illutionist yet, I have just read stuff about it, but the trailer for The Prestige looks awesome.
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This is playing in only about 4 theaters in the Dallas area. We saw it this afternoon at the North Park AMC, and we both liked it. It's PG-13, one discreetly-filmed lovemaking scene (no nudity), no bad language, some violence - but it would likely bore kids. As for adults, it's an enjoyable film and deserves to be on more screens. The Philip Glass score complements the film quite well, evoking the proper mood of drama and mystery; it sounds like a score for a "classic" horror film, like for something like Dracula or The Phantom of the Opera. I think it's a better film than the trailer makes it appear to be, so don't judge it by the trailer.

And, yes, EchoBaseGeek is quite right that to discuss this movie or even
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Thanks for posting Eric. I'm definitely going to check this out now.
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This is only playing in 51 theatres in the country. It goes wide Sept 1.
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It's now in wider release, I see, or will be as of tomorrow, per the movie section in the Dallas Observer.

Enjoy!
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Is Rufus Sewell becoming typecast?

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Saw it last night....ok movie shot well but only 1.85:1 the subject seemed better suited to 2.35 1 (probably cost cutting?).....figured out well before the ending.....fun movie but the Prestige wil destroy it.

Edward Norton is brilliant and sadly seemed underused despite being the main character....too much focus on the bumbling Sideways inspector.....likewise Jessica Biel had a cameo turn and (gasp) only implied nudity it could easily have been someone else and would not have mattered.

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This movie is well worth the effort to see, it's a refreshing change from the usual fare. The trailer for The Prestige ran prior to the movie, and yes it does look really good, but other than the subject matter, these two movies have little in common.

This is not an M Night movie, so 'figuring it out' isn't really the point. Enjoy a well made movie, relax and enjoy the story.
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Even though it is now in wide release, this movie is only playing in art house venues out in the hinterlands.

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I just watched the DVD. Beautiful transfer and a very enjoyable movie. For a moment, I thought the transfer had some pulsating lighting, but I do believe it was by design. I almost thought I was watching HD-DVD - the transfer was that good. Often times, dark colorless movies look bad on DVD...this one was nearly perfect. I was quite surprised how well Jessica Biel acted in this movie. I'll never think she is just a dumb actress again.
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I watched part of the DVD, and it looked good - the reviewer at DVDTalk had gotten a pre-release copy which he was not impressed with, but he figured/hoped the final release would be better-looking.
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It was a nice little movie. I appreciated ENs understated performance, as well as, the illusions, which were fantastic and subtle at the same time. Obviously, this short story based script was a romantic fantasy, as were his abilities, but taken in that context, the movie worked. The plot was telegraphed, but my wife didn't catch it and was rewarded at the end. I just thought it was well done.

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"The Prestige" looks more interesting.

I kind of thought so too, but after seeing both I felt like this was really the gem of the pair and in fact The Prestige was the also ran that wished it could be as good a film. The whole "paired" studio thing is really annoying, two flood movies, two volcano movies, two meteor movies, the summer of monkey movies, the talking bugs movies, etc. But in this case both flicks were pretty decent, and this one really excelled IMHO...one of my favorite flicks of last year.
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Prestige=A-

Ilusionist=Bi-


the B- might be in part to my falling asleep and waking up to the spin shot of Giamatti smiling.
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DVD was above average for picture, average for sound.
B- for the movie. Giamatti stole the show.

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Has Giamatti ever stunk in a role (aside from the unsaveable)??He was flawless in `Cinderella Man' (best sports movie I've ever seen!) as well!
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Has Giamatti ever stunk in a role (aside from the unsaveable)??He was flawless in `Cinderella Man' (best sports movie I've ever seen!) as well!

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never seen it...most say he was great...

I meant `unsaveable Lady-'
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My wife and I enjoyed the film, but I found the style of the film to be distracting at times. This is from a HT stand point, the blacks were murky (at best) and the flashback sequences were at times too soft to the point of losing detail. Though the style enhanced the period and storytelling...from a PQ standpoint it was below par. This certainly could be the transfer that Fox provided the public...since I didn't see it in the theaters, I don't know how true to the director's intent the transfer was for home video.

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Not the best I've seen this year, but thoroughly enjoyable.

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The twists were easily predictable such that the big reveal scene of flashbacks was just a confirmation. But, it seems like that was the intent. I did enjoy how you are never privy to the secrets of the illusions until the final notebook. You're kept at the same level as the characters in the film.
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The prestige got the attention but the illusionist is way more enjoyable as a movie. No contest.
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we saw this last nite. Enjoyable little film. Norton as usual is good even if his accent wavers at times. Sewell is intense and Giamatti definitely plays the most interesting character IMHO. Some VERY cool spooky old school "spiritualism" sequences too.
Worth checking out but not tremendous.

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The payoff wasn't worth the extended buildup for me, plus the "twist" is not something you want to think too much about because it will all fall apart. There's just too many things that have to happen just so for the plan to work...

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And what exactly did the crown prince do that justified his dying? The morality of what Ed and Scarlett did seems a little shaky-you don't disgrace someone and drive them to suicide just to get what you want...but I guess we were supposed to be in such awe of the revelations at the end we don't bother with such trifles. But I kinda felt sorry for the poor shlep.."we're so clever its okay if we kill you" seems to be the message of the film-or am I missing something?

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